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Breast Cancer Aftercare: The Power of Integrating a Microbiome and Lifestyle Focused Approach

Overcoming Breast Cancer with Lifestyle, Gut Health, and More!


plant-based nutrition, breast cancer nutrition, breast cancer aftercare

What to Expect in this Article:

  • Stats on women's health and cancer

  • Why cancer happens

  • Our solution

  • How you can take action


Breast cancer affects 1 in 8 women and data shows that 2 out of 4 women will experience some type of cancer in their lifetime.


There are many reasons breast cancer can occur, but here are some of the top categories:

  • Environmental Toxins (illegal drugs, legal drugs, pesticides, air pollution, etc.)

  • Family History

  • Poor Nutrition

  • Emotional Trauma/Chronic Stress

All of which translates into some form of GUT DYSBIOSIS or overall microbiome dysbiosis, which is an imbalance of our microbial ecosystem. These microbial ecosystems are found in our gut, in our blood, our lungs, breast tissue, basically everywhere. The reasons mentioned above are exactly the same categories that can disrupt these ecosystems.


The (Simplified) Cancer Process is as follows:

1. Exposure (Chemical, Physical, Emotional) —-> 2. Chronic/Continued Exposure —-> 3. Dysbiosis —> 4. Disruption of Cell Signaling —> 5. Uncontrolled Cell Replication (Cancer).


We can conclude that gut dysbiosis is a major root cause of all cancer proliferation as well as the increased genetic risk of cancer. Science is now helping us understand that the microbiome helps us with our human DNA, the microbiome is passed on to our future generations, and the microbiome can be heavily influenced by our environment (good or bad).


When was the last time your oncologist spoke to you about your gut health, nutrition, or informed you about gut dysbiosis as a probable root cause?


If you are reading this blog you likely have, had, or know somebody with breast cancer.


With little nutritional guidance during and after treatment, survivors may feel lost in the weeds of how to nourish their bodies. That is why our Integrative Registered Dietitian, Kaitie Chakos who specializes in oncology designed the (FREE) Breast Cancer Treatment Workbook and the (FREE)Breast Cancer Aftercare Guide to help empower your recovery with the support of diet and lifestyle. These guides offer a wealth of information on current research and guidelines to support women after treatment in their next chapter.




Eating healthy to support your gut microbiome and beyond doesn't have to be about deprivation, but rather about finding enjoyable ways to include healthy habits in your daily routine. The Breast Cancer Aftercare Guide provides valuable information on daily essentials like foods recommended to aid and support your aftercare journey which have been shown to have potential health benefits for breast cancer survivors.


Incorporating the foods in this guide into your daily meals can be a great way to support your recovery and reduce the risk of recurrence. Working towards a more health-promoting lifestyle is a journey, not a sprint! Be patient and kind to yourself, celebrate your successes along the way, and don't be afraid to ask for help and support when you need it. Together, we can create a community of strong and empowered survivors!


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Sources:

  • Rezende LFM, Murata E, Giannichi B, Tomita LY, Wagner GA, Sanchez ZM, Celis-Morales C, Ferrari G. Cancer cases and deaths attributable to lifestyle risk factors in Chile. BMC Cancer. 2020 Jul 25;20(1):693. doi: 10.1186/s12885-020-07187-4. PMID: 32711508; PMCID: PMC7382839.

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